It's All Happening Up On The Hill:: Hillview Sculpture Biennial
High on a hill in idyllic Sutton Forest, anticipation has reached its peak and the energy is nothing short of palpable. On the 28th of April 2018, in a celebration of art, history and a renaissance of sculpture in Australia, Hillview Sculpture Biennial will throw open its gates to the public, inviting residents of the Southern Highlands to come and experience what is set to be the highest calibre of sculptural exhibition ever seen in regional Australia.
More than a mere backdrop, the spectacular buildings and grounds of heritage-listed Hillview, will become home to the wild and diverse creations of talented local, national and international artists from 28th April through until 27th May. This historical, rambling estate is gearing itself up to become a first-class destination for sculpture in Australia and promises guests an exhibition on a national level.
A little bit of Hillview history… Initially built in the late 1850’s, the property was purchased by the government in 1882, becoming the country retreat for sixteen consecutive governors of NSW. It was utilised as a Vice-Regal sanctuary until 1958 when it was sold privately before being re-purchased by the government in 1986. Hillview’s cottages are named after several of the governors who used the estate over the years, such as The Earl of Jersey, Viscount Hampden, General Northcott and Lord Carrington. Furthermore, Hillview has hosted regal guests such as The Prince of Wales, Prince Edward and Archduke Franz Ferdinand – the man whose assassination in June 1914 is believed to have led to the outbreak of WW1.
Just a quick, mostly irrelevant side note, old mate Franz is rumoured to have taken several “trophies” home to Europe from his abovementioned trip, including a pile of dead koalas and one unfortunate platypus. Not nearly as strange as one chap... let’s call him The Pearl of Mersey... who apparently bought several bathtubs on the voyage from London but left his typhoid-stricken wife behind. Good times.
As well as an opportunity to wander the expansive, art-peppered grounds, tickets to Hillview’s Open Day on April 28th include admission to the Bonfire Party from 5pm, where entertainment is being provided by Master of Ceremonies and esteemed Australian actor/musician, John Waters, joined by ARIA Award-winning artist Margaret Urlich and local favourite, Angus Murray.
Hillview is a not-for-profit organisation and its success depends heavily upon community involvement. If you are able to lend a hand in the lead up to Open Day, organisers can assure valuable experience in the management of a large-scale arts event. Contact [email protected] for further information or to volunteer.
Hillview Sculpture Biennial 2018 is without doubt something to be excited about. We can’t wait to see you on ‘the hill’!